Men without Chests, the Tao and the Abolition of Man

 

“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.  We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful”

  • C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Come visit our inaugural issue of http://www.anunexpectedjournal.com, “The Abol_Issue” where we discuss C.S. Lewis’s critique of relativism in morality, and how not utopian but dystopian societies result, which put at risk our very humanity.

Then visit our  facebook discussion page as we discuss a different article each week. This week we have been discussing the basic book itself. A short summary follows here …

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Lewis 103 / Tolkien 101: I’ve Seen Trees from Both Sides Now …

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You look at trees and label them just so …
He sees no stars who does not see them first
of living silver made that sudden burst
to flame like flowers beneath the ancient song,
whose very echo after-music long
has since pursued. There is no firmament,
only a void, unless a jeweled tent
myth-woven and elf-patterned; and no earth,
unless the mother’s womb whence all have birth.

– JRR Tolkien Mythopoeia: To one who said that myths were lies and therefore worthless, even though “breathed through silver” PHILOMYTHUS TO MISOMYTHUS

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Lewis 101: Intro / The Weight of Glory

 

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I’ve always heard zippy CS Lewis quotes, but when I tried to pick up one of his important sounding books like Mere Christianity,  The Abolition of Man or even the fictional Space Trilogy, it always seemed like a struggle.  One Master’s degree in Christian Thought and Cultural Apologetics later … and it can still be a struggle. But struggle through his stuff, and others, we did. Hence this site  Continue reading